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PSC Plus

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The PSC plus is further level of PSC you can strive for after you have completed the standard PSC Award. There are three PSC plus programmes you can choose from: IT Skills, Enterprise or Negotiation.

If you think of the PSC programme as being a letter 'T', the PSC Award provides the horizontal breadth across five or more skills areas, whereas the PSC Plus Award provides the vertical depth into a single skills area. The key difference between the PSC Award and PSC Plus is that the Plus programmes comprise of interconnected workshops, designed to build your learning as you progress through the programme.

Embarking on a PSC Plus Award can benefit you in the following ways:

  • Create an opportunity to build on your PSC Award learning by specialising in an in-depth area
  • Challenge yourself to make links between the workshops and apply them to your studies, extra-curricular activities and future career aim
  • Encouraging you to become a life-long learner, keen to continually develop your skill-set
  • Provide evidence that you can commit to a programme, manage your time well and communicate your learning

The current plus workshops on offer are listed below and graduates of the PSC programme who attend five or more of these workshops in a single category, and complete the assessment criteria (which will likely be a reflective essay or short presentation) will be eligible to receive the newly established PSC+award certificate which is also added to your HEAR degree transcript. Those currently working toward the standard PSC Award are still welcome to attend PSC+ workshops if the topic is of interest, and their attendance stamp will count toward the standard award. To find the dates and times of these workshops, download the app  or visit the programme page.

 

PSC Plus IT Skills (semester 1)

  • Apps for learning
  • Your digital professional footprint
  • Information overload
  • Essential skills for web communication
  • IT Power-hour: style formatting in Word
  • IT Power-hour: Infographics in PowerPoint
  • IT Power-hour: Chart basics in Excel

The assessment criteria for this PSC Plus strand is to submit a 1500 reflective report outlining how you have developed your IT skills through participation in the programme. You should include evidence of changes you have made e.g. appendix of apps you now use; screenshot of infographics or charts you've created; professionalisation of social media etc.

 

PSC Plus Communication (semester 1)

A series of connected lectures, discussions, case studies, film clips and practical sessions are all delivered in a professional and energised style to enhance your communication skills in business, study, socially and at home. An optional ‘take away’ task will be offered in support of the learning outcomes and a workbook will be provided.

  • An overview of the Communication strand and how to get the most from it
  • Understanding human behaviour behind communication - the predictable
  • Understanding human behaviour behind communication - the unique
  • Timing and influential language choice
  • Negotiation and challenging conversations
  • Communication to support teamwork, leadership and business change

The assessment criteria for this PSC Plus stand is to submit a 1500 reflective report outlining outlining how you have developed your communication skills through participation in the programme. You should include evidence of how you have been able to apply your learning.

 

PSC Plus Consultancy (semester 1)

 Coming soon

 

PSC Plus Enterprise (semester 2)

  • Changing the world: one idea at a time
  • Changing the world: have you got what it takes?
  • Changing the world: do it or ditch it
  • Enterprising: me?!
  • Enterprise is challenging
  • Enterprise showcase

 The assessment criteria for this PSC Plus strand will be a short presentation, held at the Enterprise Showcase event, demonstrating how you have implemeted enterprise skills across the semester. You can learn more about the programme and assesment criteria via PSC Plus Enterprise Assessment (PDF, 442 KB).

 PSC Plus Negotiation (semester 2)

  • Persuasion and communication
  • Mediation 1
  • Mediation 2
  • Negotiation 1
  • Negotiation 2
  • Negotiation 3

The assessment criteria for this PSC Plus strand is to submit a 1500 reflective report outlining how you have developed your negotiation skills through participation in the programme. You should include evidence of how you have been able to apply your learning.

PSC Plus Organisational Psychology (semester 2)

This PSC Plus strand is based on 5 areas of Organisational Psychology, as outlined by the British Psychological Society.

As with other PSC strands, you will be required to attend a number of workshops (one for each of the 5 areas) and also complete one of a choice of projects. Depending on which project you select, on completion you will be required to create either a project plan, a presentation (10 minutes), a report (1500 words) or a set of draft interview/survey questions. When you embark on the PSC programme, you will be asked to specify which project you intend to work on. Projects will be added to the web page over the summer.

In addition, there are three optional case study tutorials. Attendance of these is not mandatory and will not affect the outcome of your award. The case studies will relate to real life Organisational Psychology projects at the university, and will require some pre-reading. Dates are shown below.

  • Case study 1: Tues 25 February, 1300-1400
  • Case study 2: Wed 1 April, 1300-1400
  • Case study 3: Tues 21 April, 1300-1400

 The 5 areas and corresponding workshops are as follows:

  1. Psychological assessment - Workshop: Psychometric Assessment session
  2. Learning, training and development  - Workshop choices: PSC Lecture on Understanding your personality in the workplace or Career choice and decision making or Developing others
  3. Wellbeing at work - Workshop: Resilience
  4. Work design, organisational change and development - Workshop choices: Managing change session or Project management or Organisations and Strategies
  5. Leadership, motivation and engagement - Workshop choices: Leadership development session or Managing a team or Leadership

PSC Plus Teaching (semester 2)

  • Developing others (online workshop on PSC Moodle page)
  • The mechanics of learning
  • Desiging a tutorial
  • Voice coaching
  • Inclusion in teaching
  • Working with school pupils (primary) or Working with school pupils (secondary)

The assessment criteria for this PSC Plus strand is to submit a lesson plan, with an explanation of your design, for one of the following scenarios:

Design a lesson plan for developing a large group (150) of S6 pupils in leadership skills for a day

Or design a lesson plan to teach a medium group (20-30) of S4 pupils study skills for a half day

Or design a lesson plan to teach a small group (6-10) of University students time management skills for a three hour session

Contact

Catriona Wilson
PSC Coordinator
CAPOD
Phone: (01334) 46 2558
Email: profskills@st-andrews.ac.uk

 


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